Monday, November 25, 2013

Design Wall Monday Quilt Auction!

Quilt donated by Carol Holding

This was the big money quilt!

This won viewer's choice at the show!

Lovely Antique quilt!

Section that I helped arrange.

Matching Circus quilts
I helped with the silent auction at the Holiday Quilt show and Auction on Friday night.  It is held every two years.  I didn't get to town in time to see the show, it is always very well done.  They not only display the quilts by hanging them, they also have beds and decorations.  Themed rooms and such.  And it is a wonderful cause, education and research.  I was so busy working to set up the silent auction quilts with my friends, that I really did not take very many photographs.

This is my Design Wall Monday post for this week.  Check out Judy's blog to see what everyone else is up to.

Just an FYI, my blog hop giveaway will be drawn tomorrow, so there is still time to enter.  Go to this post.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Giving Thanks Quilters Blog Hop Party

Michelle is hosting another Blog Hop Party and I am joining in!  This time the theme is Giving Thanks. One of  the things that I feel most thankful for is the wonderful sunsets that I am lucky to enjoy looking off my back patio!  This time of year the Sun puts on a show nearly every night!  And since we look out over the Southwest part of Sanpete Valley we have an exceptional view of the sun going down each night!

Check out Michelle's blog for the list of all participating quilt artists!  She is so kind to put this all together and spends quite a bit of time making sure that everything is going like clockwork.  Please take a minute to look around her blog and to also comment and tell her Thank you!

For my giveaway I have a See me Sew tote bag kit!  It has a wonderful toile print as the main fabric.  It is featuring Riley Blake fabrics.    

I don't believe in making my readers jump through multiple hoops, so please just leave a comment on this post telling me what is your favorite pie (or other dessert) for Thanksgiving dinner.  My favorite is Pecan Pie! Extra delish if there is Kahlua in it!  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you take a minute to look around! 

I will be drawing a name on November 27th.  One entry per person please!  Thanks.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Random Photographs

My week has been rather scattered.  No studio time. I have been working on setting up my basement dyeing workspace, hope to dye this weekend. I hope to have pics for next week.  So my only inspiration has been provided by Mother Nature.  We are on the East bench of this valley.  My patio faces South and we look out over the Southwest part of the valley. We have wonderful views of sunsets this time of year!  And this last week has had quite the cloud show, during the day and also at sunset!  

I am wondering about trying to use Spoonflower to print a sunset on fabric, has anyone tried this process to print a photograph?  Actually, maybe I want to mess with some of the textures in the clouds to design some sort of repeat that would make a nice print for fabric.

This is my Off the Wall post for the week. Check out Nina-Marie's blog for more inspiration!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A New Adventure!

I have decided to get into dyeing fabric.  I was resisting, all those supplies!  I have done a little bit in the past. Mainly at some dye parties with the quilt guild. So you just had to bring tables and buckets, they had dyes and soda ash all set up for everyone to share. I have done a little bit with rust dyeing, but since there are all kinds of good rusty crap, er, um,  stuff in the garage I didn't really have to go looking for any supplies.


Just as I was making noises about getting into dyeing a friend said she was getting rid of her dyes, since hadn't used them for a couple of years. What a great start for my dye collection! She kept all her paints since she is still painting and stamping on her fabrics.

She also let me borrow some of her dyeing books.  And she had included a copy of her class handout from when she taught dyeing years ago.

Washing Soda and Pool chemicals
I read about soda ash.  As I live in a small town I only had Wally to look for it. Some things I have read said to use washing soda, so I picked up a box of that. I also picked up a jar of the pool chemicals.  That was twice the price of the washing soda.  But I am not sure if there is a difference in the two products since the washing soda box doesn't list all the ingredients on the label.

I had the local quilt shop order me a bolt of PFD.  I chose the Moda brand because they are a small shop and I wanted to go with something from a company that they already do business with.  This bolt came with 12 yards so I asked them to order me another one the next time they put in an order from Moda.

Now the hardest part of all, cleaning up a spot in our unfinished basement as a work area.  I am sparing you a photograph of that mess.  We just dump stuff down there to get it out of the way.  Repeat for 6 years and you have a mess.

So I will try to post regularly on my progress in dyeing fabric.  Wish me luck!

I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's blog for Off the Wall Friday!

I also wanted to tell you that I am still sorting through my craft books, magazines and patterns.  I have a lot listed already, more going up every week.  I have knitting, crochet, cross stitch, quilting and general craft stuff.  I am also clearing out some of my vintage books and magazines.  I am willing to give a quantity discount, please convo me and I can make you a reserved listing or get you a coupon code.  Thanks for looking!